Similar to the Salesforce World Tour, MuleSoft CONNECT 2019 is MuleSoft’s conference series bringing people together around integrations. It’s a great place to learn about how to design, build, and manage integrations and APIs to meet IT and business goals. With this in mind, we sent two of our team, Nkosi Ncube and Salesforce MVP Mike Gill to the London edition. Here’s Nkosi’s takeaways from his time at the event:
Mike and I had an interesting two days representing Cloud Galacticos at MuleSoft CONNECT 2019 London. We were there to find out more about MuleSoft and the concept of API led connectivity to see where it could be of use to our growing list of clients. The workshops were fun and interactive, and the examples, case studies and keynotes were really interesting. “Innovate or die” will soon be replaced by “Connect or die”.
API Led Connectivity
The conference was an insightful introduction into the MuleSoft concept of API led connectivity – integration through reusable APIs, which play specific roles. Lack of connectivity can be damaging to businesses that don’t open up to other organisations or partners. This can stop synergies and business partnerships that can be formed through flexible but secure API connectivity.
What MuleSoft offers to the integration space is a way to get rid of the tangled web of connectivity. For some organisations, particularly those with legacy systems, this can limit their ability to change and adapt. Historically, integrations require a lot of development time and cost, and prone to failure. Over time you develop a tangled web of point to point connections. This tangled web is difficult to manage and maintain, especially as more integrations get added on.
If one of our clients is developing a mobile app, our developers can concentrate on developing the mobile app and not the APIs. We can reuse assets from the System and Process API layers (to connect to Salesforce or other legacy systems), reducing development time and cost. These small reusable APIs are sometimes called microservices and are something our team have been talking about for a while. You can see our COO Paul Battisson speaking at Dreamforce here and here.
Looking Forward to Next Year
All in all, Mike and I had an insightful couple of days in London. We’ve learned a lot, and look forward to putting our newly acquired knowledge to good use! We will also be looking out for the announcement of MuleSoft CONNECT 2020!
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